An upcoming documentary from director Elliot London looks at the life of a transgender teen living in Arkansas.

London said he felt the need to tell a story which would be important to troubled teens after hearing about the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college freshman who took his own life after being outed as gay on Twitter by his roommate.

“I did a lot of soul searching and wrote my darkest moments of being bullied before setting out on a road trip across the United States to really understand what our LGBT youth is facing in 2012,” London said. “I met some incredible people while on this journey. It was two of them that stood out most to me in helping write a treatment for FRIEND. I honor their struggles and courage in the two characters that will make this film.”

London, who is looking to raise $76,000 through a campaign at in the next 17 days to help finance his project, earlier released a video profile of one of the teens, 16-year-old openly gay Joseph, who says he considered suicide to escape his tormentors.

On Friday, London released a second clip featuring Ali, a 17-year-old transgender girl whose role model is Ellen DeGeneres.

“I really love Ellen DeGeneres,” Ali says in the 3-minute clip. “She's a strong and confident woman. And she's out and proud about who she is and she doesn't care if people like it or not.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Source: FRIEND film campaign at